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Pigott, Richard (1828–1889), journalist and blackmailer, was born at Ratoath, co. Meath, the youngest son of George Pigott; his mother is believed to have come from Roscommon. His father, initially a clerk to a Dublin coach proprietor, worked for The Tablet newspaper. Richard Pigott's...

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Westmacott, Charles Molloy (1787/8–1868), journalist and blackmailer, was apparently the illegitimate second son of Richard (Dick) Westmacott (bap. 1746, d. 1808), sculptor, whose name he took, and of Susannah Molloy, a 'pretty widow' and innkeeper, though his enemies alleged he was the son of ...